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Sean Hayes and Scott Icenogle Have Officially Tied the Knot


In a #ThrowbackThursday post on social media, actor Sean Hayes announced he wed longtime partner Scott Icenogle sometime last week. 

Congrats gents!

Previously, "Sean Hayes Dishes With Ellen About Overseas Adventures With His Other Half, Kissing Will Arnett" [tlrd]

Study Finds Straight People - And Even Many Gays - Are Still Alarmingly Uncomfortable With Same-Sex PDA


Some gay activists have long espoused a theory that the so-called "ick factor" — straight people's aversion to the idea of same-sex intimacy, especially involving men — is a fundamental obstacle to full equality. It helps explain the strategy behind historical gay kiss-in protests — or, more recently, same-sex couples posting photos of themselves kissing (above) on the Facebook page of anti-gay reality stars Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar.

But now a scientific study gives credence to the "ick factor" theory and, in doing so, could even help chart a course for the LGBT movement post-marriage equality.

The study, authored by Indiana University researcher Logan Doan and published in The American Sociological Review, surveyed more than 1,000 people and found that while 70 percent of heterosexuals support things like inheritance rights for same-sex couples, only 55 percent approve of gay men kissing on the cheek in public, according to Al Jazeera America. That's compared to 95 percent who approve of straight couples kissing on the cheek in public.

What's more, over 20 percent of heterosexual respondents said they disapprove of gay men talking about their relationships.

Even gay male respondents were less approving of gay PDAs than straight PDAs — perhaps, Doan says, due to internalized stigma and an inherent fear of hate crimes. And not surprisingly, heterosexual respondents were far more approving of lesbian PDAs, at a rate of 72 percent.

But approval of gay male PDAs was similar to support for same-sex marriage (53 percent), which many Americans view as a social construct separate from equal legal rights. And while marriage equality can be achieved in the courts, it seems a significant percentage of straight Americans still won't approve of same-sex relationships on a moral level.

From Al Jazeera America:

“We had civil rights laws long before we had positive attitudes toward ethnic minorities,” Doan said, adding that Americans support rights because they see themselves as egalitarian, regardless of their personal views on homosexuality.

“The more informal, subtle types of prejudice linger much longer, because that actually requires people to change their views,” he said. ...

The survey may offer clues to gay rights activists on the direction of the movement going forward, Doan said. “It would be great to take a more comprehensive approach.”

“There’s this informal type of prejudice that has primarily been neglected. There’s a push for more positive portrayals in the media, but the bulk of what people think of when they think of the gay rights movement is marriage,” he said.

Of course, we all know marriage equality isn't going to stop gay youth from being rejected by their families, or LGBT people from being fired by their employers — much of which correllates to the "ick factor."

But the solution isn't just more same-sex PDAs or gay sex on TV. It's for gay people to be not only out, but also open about their relationships.

Before we can do that, though — as the study's finding of lower approval for same-sex PDAs among gays would suggest — we'll first need to fully accept ourselves.

First Gay Couples Marry in Montana: PHOTOS

(image via andrea nitschke twitter)

Gay couples have begun marrying in Montana after a federal judge struck down the state's gay marriage ban yesterday afternoon. The first marriage license to a gay couple was issued in Cascade County to Tonya and Angie Rolando (above), one of four couples who were plaintiffs in the case challenging the ban.

The Missoulian reports that couples have begun marrying there as well: Burgess_early

Leslie Burgess and Serena Early have wed in the Missoula County Courthouse, the first gay couple to do so since a federal judge lifted Montana's ban on same-sex marriage.

A staff member for Montana ACLU performed the ceremony for a lively crowd shortly after 8:30 a.m. Thursday. Kileen Marshall is a license officiant, and was on hand to marry a growing line of couples.

Five minutes later, Ally Logan and Carolyn Jones became the second couple to wed. The two said they had waited 10 years for this day.

SCOTUS Denies Emergency Stay in South Carolina Gay Marriage Case, Applications to Begin at Noon Today

ScThe U.S. Supreme Court has denied South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson's request for an emergency stay on last week's federal ruling striking down the state's ban on same-sex marriage.

South Carolina NBC station WIS10 reports:

In a brief statement, seven of the nine Supreme Court justices denied the stay, but Supreme Court Justices Antonin Scalia and Justice Clarence Thomas said they would hear it.

Expect same-sex marriage applications to begin at noon today (even though at least one probate judge has jumped the gun and already began marrying gay couples in the state.)

Gay Marriage Opponents Rally Outside Arkansas Supreme Court On Eve Of Hearing: VIDEO


Arkansas will get a double-dose of the same-sex marriage fight on Thursday, with judges scheduled to hear arguments in two separate lawsuits challenging the state's marriage ban.

In May, Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chris Piazza struck down Arkansas' marriage ban as unconstitutional in Wright v. Arkansas. About 500 same-sex couples married before the state Supreme Court finally stayed Piazza's decision. At 9 a.m. CDT on Thursday, the high court will hear arguments in the state's appeal of the May ruling.

Then, at 1:30 p.m. CDT, U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker will hear arguments on motions from both sides in a federal lawsuit challenging the marriage ban, Jernigan v. Crane. Same-sex couples are asking Baker to immediately strike down the ban, while the state is asking her to dismiss the suit. 

On the eve of the hearings, hundreds gathered on the steps of the Arkansas Supreme Court building Wednesday to call on the justices to uphold the marriage ban and "honor [the] vote" of people who approved a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage in 2004.

Among those who spoke at the rally was Josh Duggar, executive director of Family Research Council Action and a star of the TLC reality series 19 Kids and Counting, according to Arkansas Online.

“There is an agenda to silence us, to silence those of us who believe in what is right, those of us who have these deeply held convictions," Duggar told the crowd. "Let me tell you, they're taking away your right to speak. And I call on the Arkansas Supreme Court to stand with the people and to honor their vote."

The rally was organized by the Arkansas Family Council, whose executive directory, Jerry Cox, said it focused on the state Supreme Court because its justices are elected.

Arkansas supreme courtIn August, plaintiffs in Wright v. Arkansas filed a motion asking Supreme Court justices to recuse themselves if they are up for re-election, after conservative state lawmakers threatened retaliation against those who side with marriage equality. But that motion was rejected. 

Cox reiterated those threats on Wednesday, according to Arkansas News.

“It’s because the judges are way out of line, and the people know that,” he said. 

"Every time the people have had the chance to vote on marriage, almost every time, they define it as the union of a man and a woman," Cox told Arkansas Online. "But when the courts get involved, it's almost like referees running onto the field saying, 'Let's change the score, we don't like the outcome.'"

Also attending the rally were a few dozen supporters of marriage equality. One carried a sign that said, "Charles Manson has the right to marry and gay couples don't."

Another, Caleb Alexander of Monticello, thoroughly dismantled Cox's argument and the theme of the rally, according to Arkansas News.

“The judges, they’re not elected to uphold a vote. They’re elected to uphold the Constitution,” Alexander said. “The Constitution says that equal rights are not subject to a vote. The majority can’t legislate to a minority. I think a lot of the speeches sounded like a speech made in 1942 before desegregation."

Watch KARK Channel 4's report, AFTER THE JUMP ...

UPDATE: Oral arguments in the Arkansas Supreme Court case have begun and are being live-streammed here

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Montana Attorney General Tim Fox To Appeal Ruling Striking Down Same-Sex Marriage Ban

6a00d8341c730253ef01a3fd361ab6970b-800wiIn the wake of U.S. District Judge Brian Morris' ruling today which struck down Montana's 2004 voter approved ban on same-sex marriage, Montana's Republican Attorney General Tim Fox, who has previously voiced his opposition to marriage equality, announced his intent to appeal Morris' decision. The Washington Blade reports:

“It is the attorney general’s sworn duty to uphold and defend Montana’s constitution until such time as there is no further review or no appeal can be made in a court of law,” Fox said. “Fulfilling that duty, the state of Montana will appeal this ruling in light of the fact that there are conflicting federal court decisions and no final word from the U.S. Supreme Court.”

The reaction was somewhat different from the state's Governor, Steve Bullock, a Democrat, who praised Morris' ruling: 

“Today’s decision ensures we are closer to fulfilling our promise of freedom, dignity, and equality for all Montanans,” Bullock said. “It is a day to celebrate our progress, while recognizing the qualities that bind us as Montanans: a desire to make a good life for ourselves and our families, while providing greater opportunities to the next generation.” 


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